Mar
31
2021

Draft Profile: DeVonta Smith

DeVonta Smith

Alabama-WR, 6’1” 175 Pounds

Strengths:

  • Play-Maker
  • Route Runner
  • Explosive Cuts
  • Release of Line of Scrimmage
  • Run After the Catch
  • Big Play Speed
  • Body Control
  • Solid Hands

Weaknesses:

  • Body Frame
  • Blocking

Summary:

As a freshman in 2017, Smith caught eight passes for 160 yards and three touchdowns. In 2018 as a sophomore Smith totaled 42 catches for 693 yards with six touchdowns. In 2019 as a junior Smith collected 68 receptions for 1,256 yards with 14 touchdowns. Even though he was draft-eligible, Smith decided to go back to school, and that was a wise choice.

As a senior in 2020, Smith totaled 117 catches for 1,856 yards and 23 touchdowns.; plus, he won the Heisman Trophy, and helped Alabama win the National Championship. He dominated every opponent on the Alabama schedule.

Draft-Able Traits:

Smith is a dynamic weapon who could have the potential to be a No. 1 wide receiver in the NFL. Smith is a phenomenal route-runner who is very sudden in and out of breaks and wins at the line of scrimmage. Winning off the line of scrimmage plus his fabulous route-running leads to him creating separation.

Smith is dangerous after the catch as well. He shows moves in the open field and has a second gear once he sees an opening. Along with the short screenplays, he is a deep threat as seen in the National Championship game. Do not let his size fool you; he is not afraid to go over the middle of the field and his excellent route-running helps protect him.

Areas of Improvement:

Well, Smith can not really improve his height or weight, but he can build his body to absorb the hits from the bigger faster players in the NFL. Blocking will improve if he gets a little bigger, but teams are not drafting Smith to block.

Draft Projection:

Even with his lean frame, Smith looks like a future top-ten pick for the 2021 NFL Draft, and his dominant 2020 has him as one of the most sought-after prospects in the 2021 NFL Draft.

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